Today on the Dish, Andrew anticipated the first papal tweet, responded to Dan Savage’s debunking of the idea of “normal” sex, went another round rejecting the possible use of torture as a plot device in Zero Dark Thirty (which he’ll be seeing later this week), and asked readers to help us decide what we should ask the wonderful David Kuo.
In political coverage, Mitch Daniels defended Washington and Colorado’s federalism, Bruce Bartlett summed up the latest GAO debt report, Michael C. Moynihan highlighted some libertarian insights regarding climate change, Masket and Drum offered a rosier assessment of Democrats’ 2014 chances, and Glenn Beck earned an Yglesias nod for wanting to keep government out of marriage. We also aired some pushback from Larison and Greg Scoblete on Beinart’s assertion that Obama is deliberately “standing back” on the mess in Israel, examined voters’ anxieties over the secrecy of their ballots, again explored Obama’s drug policy dilemma(s), and posted some reader rejections to Andrew’s connection of gay marriage to legal weed. Our thread of letters from millennial readers continued as well, this time weighing in on the costs of higher education. In international coverage, Nathan Brown and Ellis Goldberg debated the importance of Egypt’s constitution, Dan Trombly doubted the efficacy of Assad’s chemical weapons in preserving his rule, and Kevin Hartnett celebrated the addition of deaf camera-watchers to a Mexican police force.
In assorted coverage, we marveled at a new gravity-powered light, a kind of innovation Andrew found very promising, though readers later wrote in to let us know it wasn’t exactly gravity that made the light run. Also, readers suggested micropayments as an alternative to journalism paywalls/meters, Alastair Bland worried about our over-reliance on GPS devices, Pareene appreciated the parent-friendly boozing of cruise-ship vacations, Louis C.K. was a magazine-interview anti-hero, Ian Crouch considered how difficult it was to adapt a novel into a film, and Clay Risen explained the history of the anti-Santa Claus (an “evil, goat-horned spirit” named Krampus).We had a lot of fun going through readers’ answers to this week’s VFYW contest, heard about the development of high-tech, practically invisible condoms, listened to some landscape architects’ complaints about 9/11′s effect on the National Mall, and we continued our Roid Age thread with some feminist perspectives from readers. Nicola Twilley reported on what it’s like to work in refrigerated warehouses, Emma Komlos-Hrobsky tried to avoid worshipping the myth of Sylvia Plath, biographer Jonathan Bate was intimidated by the letters of John Keats, Rachel Sagner Buurma shared the history of epigraphs, William Hudson helped us get more meat in our burrito bowls at Chipotle, and David Thomson reviewed a new film that documents a woman’s death that somehow no one noticed for three whole years. Lastly, Snoop Dogg Lion battled Santa Claus in our MHB, we checked in on Michigan’s Right-To-Work fight in our FOTD, and we visited Scotland in the VFYW.
(Photo: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) walks to the House chamber to speak on the pending ‘fiscal cliff’ negotiations December 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. By Win McNamee/Getty Images)